Red and Processed Meat Cause Breast Cancer
According to a systematic review published in the International Journal of Cancer, red and processed meat products increase the risk for breast cancer.
Looking at 18 studies, researchers evaluated the relationship between breast cancer rates and the intake of red and processed meat. Results showed increased risks for breast cancer with increased consumption of red meat by 6% and by 9% for processed meat.
Researchers attribute the increased risk to high amounts of saturated fat, cholesterol and heme iron found in these products.
Farvid MS, Stern MC, Norat T, et al. Consumption of red and processed meat and breast cancer incidence: a systematic review and meta-analysis of prospective studies. Int J Cancer. Published online September 5, 2018.